Sunday, October 30, 2011

Divorce and Custody Movie Review - Falling Down

Today I review Falling Down from my collection of divorce, child custody and child support related movies.

Falling Down [1992] - Written by Ebbe Roe Smith; directed by Joel Schumacher. Starring Michael Douglas who portrays a divorced man on a mission to see his daughter on her birthday. It is subtly implied that his intolerance and anger issues have led to his divorce which he blames on his mother. A month after being dismissed from a defense contractor job he unwinds while sitting in stopped traffic at the beginning of his day. Throughout the day he unleashed his brand of justice upon anything or anyone he perceives as not meeting his standards. As he closes in upon the home of his ex-wife and daughter he envisions that "Everything will be just like it was before".

Director of Photography Andrzej Bartkowiak does an excellent job of bringing the viewer into the picture. The story is well delivered by Schumacher who shows enough action and violence to convey the story without going over the top. Although Douglas is given the appearance of some justification in his actions it is well demonstrated and aptly so that he was clearly not a stable parent nor acting in the best interest of his child. The story is predictable but compelling to view as Douglas' character teeters on the brink of falling apart while coming to realizations about himself and the ultimate consequences of his actions.

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